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Red Hat Updates OpenShift Container Management Platform

Red Hat's latest OpenShift container management platform update focuses on providing more application security and consistency across multiple IT infrastructure environments.

Red Hat's open shift container management platform increases security

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Red Hat announced the latest upgrades to its OpenShift Container Management Platform, releasing version 3.6. The platform helps organizations secure applications and ensure that the applications are compliant with the rest of the health IT infrastructure.

The update focuses on introducing new features that will give applications more consistency across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 provides organizations with enterprise-ready containers based on the open source Kubernetes 1.6, which automates deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It also runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the integrated Docker container runtime.

The open source technology allows Red Hat, Kubernetes, and Docker to roll out updates quicker by supporting future updates and improvements.

Enhanced multi-tenancy is enacted through simplified project management in a single Kubernetes cluster. OpenShift allows developers to work on multiple projects completely isolated from one another while sharing resources on a single Kubernetes cluster within the platform.

Users can manage separate projects easier and search for project details through a web console. The multi-tenancy capabilities lets developer teams access their own cloud-like environment to build and deploy apps.

Containers are valuable to healthcare because they segregate hardware within a host machine for a specific purpose or provide the means for storing data in different containers based on an organization’s need. Containers can be used with physical servers and virtual servers depending on data management and maintenance strategies.

Data stored in virtual containers is easier to move from one environment to another and provides an added layer of security. Virtual barriers separate containers and prevent penetration from one container to another on the server. If a lower-clearance container is hacked, the hacker is limited to the information in that container and cannot access other containers on the server.  

Red Hat OpenShift provides better security for cloud-native applications and improves upon the previous version by introducing several new features designed to extend security and compliance.

“Cloud-native applications are not immune from the ‘mundane’ needs of traditional applications, including greater security and compliance, and face an additional challenge in providing a consistent developer experience across cloud footprints,” Red Hat OpenShift Vice President and General Manager Ashesh Badani said in a statement.

“The latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform adds new tools and resources to help meet security and compliance needs, including network controls for detailed control of networked resources, along with the emerging capability to deliver services across cloud offerings consistently,” Badani added.

The new tools include:

A Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) product applicability guide: This will help organizations understand how PCI DSS impacts Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and understand what considerations they should make in adopting the solution.

Secrets encryption and image signing: This will encrypt backend data by allowing IT administrators to enforce signature usage on image content in projects so that software tenants running on specific systems actually have the permissions to run there.

Enhancements to NetworkPolicy: A technology preview that is included in the 3.6 update and gives organizations more control over how applications communicate and what network resources they use.

The platform also supports evolving hybrid and multi-cloud environments by running consistent cloud-native applications. These applications are accessible across a wide variety of platforms.

While the update emphasizes cloud native applications, it still supports legacy applications to ensure the application environment is fully supported.

New hybrid cloud reference architectures run Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on OpenStack, VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Engine, and MIcrosoft Azure. Red Hat provides guides to assist organizations in successfully deploying OpenShift in these environments.

Container solutions can include private and fully managed public cloud offerings to support the different stages of application development. However, one solution can span multiple infrastructures, which is useful for organizations with multiple locations sharing data and working together to develop apps in one single environment.